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Alexandria VA Dentist Blog

3 Possible Treatment Options for Restoring a Bad Tooth

Do you have a “bad tooth”? Our Alexandria, VA dentist might recommend one of these options to help repair it. 1. A Filling Both silver and natural-colored fillings are often used when a small to moderate portion of the tooth…

The Benefits of Invisalign

Are your teeth out of alignment? Would you like to change the position of just a couple teeth that bother you? Want to improve your smile but don’t want to wear traditional wire braces? It might seem impossible and overwhelming…

All About Dental Implants

Losing a tooth may be exciting as a child, but it’s safe to say it doesn’t have the same appeal as an adult. Adult tooth loss can happen for many reasons, including tooth decay, damage or even injury or accidents.…

Veneers or Lumineers?

Are your teeth a little less than perfect? Do you have chipped, misshapen, cracked or deeply stained teeth? Do you wish to have a brighter, whiter smile without the need to repeatedly bleach your teeth? Would you like to fix…

What Is Full Mouth Restoration?

Some things just aren’t made the way they used to be. Take homes, for example. Craftsmanship may have fallen by the wayside in some newer communities, but many older homes have excellent "bones" that are worth restoration when damage occurs.…

Does Biting Your Nails Hurt Your Teeth?

Whether you bite your nails yourself or know someone who does, we’re all familiar with the habit of nail biting. Also called onychophagia, nail biting is a condition usually brought on by anxiety, and may be a temporary problem for…

How to Prevent a Damaged Tooth From Turning Black

If your tooth has been damaged from decay or an accident, there’s a chance that your tooth will turn a darker color. For some people, this color be more of a gray shade, while for others it will be a…

What to Expect Following a Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure. Your third molars make an appearance in your latter teen years or your early 20s. Some people won’t have an issue with these molars, while others will have what are called impacted wisdom…

Do I Really Need to Wear My Retainer Forever? (And Why)

The vast majority of people who receive orthodontic treatment will need to wear a retainer after their teeth are straightened and the orthodontia is removed. These devices are custom made for your smile and typically involve metal wires and plastic—it might sound…

What Is Functional Orthodontics?

When most people think of orthodontics, they think of straightening their teeth for a more even, beautiful smile. However, orthodontics often corrects issues with the jaw and bite that would become problematic, and for some, functional orthodontics takes that process…